Russian Navy launches Kalibr cruise missile from Kilo-class submarine Volkhov

According to information published by Tass on January 20, 2022, the Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine of the Pacific Fleet "Volkhov" in the Sea of ​​Japan performed a launch of a Kalibr cruise missile from a submerged position at a ground target.
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The Volkhov is the second of six submarines built for the Pacific fleet. It was laid in July 2017 and floated in December 2019. The construction of the series goes on schedule and is to be completed in 2022.

Project 636.3 submarines (Kilo-class) are the third generation of diesel-electric submarines which are the most noiseless in the world. They develop an underwater speed of 18 knots, submerge to 300 meters and have a cruising capacity of 45 days.

The crew comprises 52 men, the underwater displacement is close to four thousand tons. They carry Kalibr missiles to strike at the surface (3M-54 and 3M-541) and ground targets (cruise missiles 3M-14) and have new electronic equipment.

The Kalibr is a family of Russian-made surface to ship, submarine-launched and airborne anti-ship and coastal anti-ship (AShM), land-attack cruise missiles (LACM), and anti-submarine missiles developed by the Novator Design Bureau. According to Russian military sources, the missile has an estimated range of around 1,500 to 2,500 km.